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Maidenhead United to buy council land for new stadium

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image captionMaidenhead United has played at its York Road ground since 1871

A new stadium could be built by a National League football club after a council agreed to sell land for it.

Maidenhead United will buy land at Braywick Park for £460,000, subject to it gaining planning permission for the new ground.

Braywick Park is Maidenhead's largest public open space and 22 hectares (54.3 acres) of it are already used by sports clubs.

Windsor and Maidenhead Council's cabinet unanimously agreed to the sale.

Council leader Andrew Johnson said the new ground, that could have a capacity of 5,000, would help the part-time club "meet [its] aspirations".

Oldest football ground

But he said the cabinet's agreement "by no means guarantees" the club getting planning permission and that it must still submit a "viable and compliant scheme".

Maidenhead United was formed in 1870 and moved to its York Road ground a year later.

That means York Road is the oldest football ground in the world that has been continuously used by one club.

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image captionSeveral sports facilities, including Maidenhead Rugby Club, are already based at Braywick Park

The authority said "further consultation will be essential as part of a future planning process".

Average attendances for Maidenhead's home matches increased from 300 in 2013-14 to more than 1,500 in 2018-19.

In a report the council said the club had "worked hard to engage with local stakeholders and to ensure that wider needs are taken into account".

The council will not contribute financially to any new complex, which could include an astroturf pitch, a hard court hall and an athletics track.

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